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2013 Scion xD

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2013 Scion xD Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 5.7

The 2013 Scion xD hatchback may have been designed with younger buyers in mind, but it seems to hold wide appeal amongst all age ranges. Its sleek hatchback design is more versatile than a small sedan's, capable of providing maximum interior space for humans or cargo. But, it's the xD's low price and excellent fuel economy that likely seal the deal. Of course, there's also Scion's extensive list of dealer-installed options that allow for complete customization of the xD, a rare offering on cars these days. You may find a few small hatchbacks that are more fun to drive (think Ford Fiesta) or better in the snow (Suzuki SX4), but few if any can match the xD for overall value, configurability and resale value.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need a small hatchback that is affordable and fun, but you'd also like something a bit more provocative than the average Nissan Versa or Honda Fit, check out the 2013 Scion xD. It's roomy, reliable and highly configurable.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're all about the best fuel economy in the segment, the xD is good, but it can't match the 40-mpg ratings attained by the Ford Fiesta or Kia Rio 5-Door. Additionally, if your budget cannot exceed $16,500 the Kia Rio or Hyundai Accent is a worthy alternative.

What's New for 2013

For 2013, the Scion xD receives additional front-seat cushion airbags, white gauge faces and smoke-colored headlight housings.

Driving the xD
Driving Impressions

The 2013 Scion xD is powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder powerplant, engineered with Toyota's Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) technology. Although it delivers only 128 horsepower and 125 lb-ft...

... of torque, the engine's broad powerband allows it to zip around in city traffic without complaint. Unfortunately, the xD is no different from most economy cars and will strain to tackle steep hills or overtake slower traffic. Those who want a better sense of acceleration from stoplights and on freeway on- and offramps will be happier with the standard 5-speed manual transmission than the optional 4-speed automatic. With its short, squat stance the 2013 Scion xD is capable of handling curves and dips in the road with ease, although rough road surfaces will make the ride slightly less comfortable.

PIONEER PREMIUM AUDIO UPGRADE
The upgraded Pioneer head unit features a large, color LCD touch screen, HD Radio, iTunes tagging, Pandora Internet radio and Bluetooth as well as SiriusXM capability.

CONVENIENT STORAGE
Despite its compact dimensions, the xD features a profusion of storage cubbies, boxes, trays and hidden compartments for your mobile life.

2013 Scion xD Details
Interior

The 2013 Scion xD's interior is most notable for its spaciousness rather than expressive design. The xD's tall ceiling nullifies headroom concerns, and the sliding and reclining rear seat serves up considerable legroom – even for passengers over six feet tall. Spacious for its category, the xD cabin is complemented by a dual glove box, cell-phone storage tray and a concealed compartment located below the rear cargo floor. The dash layout is plain and a bit drab, but the controls are large and easy to use. And though hard plastics are common at this price point, most of the xD's surfaces are low-gloss and deeply textured.

Exterior

From its bulldog snout to its smoothly blended sheetmetal, the xD certainly stands out among the crowd of traditional compacts. Engineered with versatility in mind, the 2013 Scion xD features a cargo-friendly, utilitarian profile design to optimize interior volume. The xD offers a choice of three 16-inch wheels covers, 18-inch alloy wheels and a multitude of exterior adornments to make your xD truly unique. A new 2-tone paint option this year combines Blue Streak Metallic with Black Sand Pearl for the roof.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Like all Scion vehicles, the xD comes with a wide array of standard equipment. Noteworthy amenities include keyless entry, a multi-information display with various vehicle-related data, cruise control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, and a 160-watt Pioneer sound system with iPod compatibility, six speakers and Bluetooth. To help ensure its occupants arrive safely at their destination, the 2013 xD is equipped with six airbags, active front headrests to help prevent whiplash injuries, and the Star Safety System's collection of accident-avoiding electronic aids.

Optional Equipment

Since the 2013 Scion xD offers a host of equipment as standard fare, available options consist mainly of items geared toward customizing the car, like illuminated doorsill enhancements, sport pedals, carbon-fiber door trim, and 18-inch alloy wheels. A few more everyday options exist, such as a cargo cover and mat, floor mats and an auto-dimming mirror. More significant options include a new Pioneer Premium audio system with a full-color 5.8-inch touch screen, iTunes Tagging and Pandora Internet radio.

Under the Hood

The 2013 xD's 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine delivers 128 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. The xD's singular engine choice can be matched to either a 5-speed manual or a less-efficient – and antiquated – 4-speed automatic gearbox. Furthermore, the Scion xD's outdated drivetrain relegates it to the lower tier of the segment in terms of fuel efficiency.

1.8-liter inline-4
128 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
125 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/33 mpg

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